Kansas City Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative Medicine is now offered at Rejuvenate. We have an MD and a Nurse Practitioner that will be doing the treatments using umbilical cord blood stem cells, from healthy live births.
Some Of The Conditions Regenerative Medicine May Help Regenerate and Heal Include:
- Knee injuries (meniscus, MCL, ACL, PCL and LCL sprains or partial tears)
- Arthritis/Osteoarthritis- bone on bone
- Hip pain or labral tears
- Shoulder damage (rotator cuff, tendonitis, and arthritis)
- Chronic back pain
- Chronic neck pain
- Elbow, wrist or hand pain
- Achilles tendon
- Ankle pain, foot pain, or plantar fasciitis
- Lower back pain, disc injuries, and disc degeneration.
Regenerative Medicine in Lee’s Summit and the KC Metro
Regenerative Medicine is an exciting advancement in medicine! Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC’s) occur naturally in every person and are cells the body uses naturally to heal and repair. Injured tissues in the body give off signals, and MSC’s “hone in” on those areas, and begin the process of repairing and regenerating the damaged and injured tissues. As we age, we have less and less MSC’s in our body. This is why when we are younger, we can do certain activities and recover. However, when we are older, it takes much longer to recover (if at all!).
Here are the approximate MSC’s (Mesenchymal Stem Cells) at various ages in life:
- Newborn: 1 in 10,000 cells are MSC’s
- Teenager: 1 in 100,000 cells are MSC’s
- Age 30: 1 in 250,000 cells are MSC’s
- Age 50: 1 in 400,000 cells are MSC’s
- Age 80: 1 in 2,000,000 cells are MSC’s
There lots of MSC’s in our younger years. MSC’s repair muscle, bone, cartilage, and tendons. Unfortunately, MSC’s rapidly decline with age. This results in longer repair and recovery times, and individuals are more prone to aging and disease. That is why our clinic uses umbilical cord stem cells in our treatment. We not only get a higher number of stem cells with each injection, but we also know the exact dosage of stem cells within injection (compared with bone marrow stem cells, adipose [fat] stem cells, and amniotic stem cells).
We Use Umbilical Cord Stem Cells in our Regenerative Medicine Treatments
We use stem cells that are taken from umbilical cords. Some families choose to bank their child’s umbilical blood in case they need it in the future. Other families choose to donate their child’s umbilical blood – our stem cells come from the donated umbilical cords of live, healthy, and full-term births. Donations are screened for communicable diseases just like a blood donation.
You might be wondering why you should choose umbilical cord stem cell therapy over treatment with your own bone marrow-derived stem cells. Harvesting stem cells from your bone marrow is both an uncomfortable and expensive procedure, and bone marrow stem cells mainly become blood cells. Umbilical cord (Mesenchymal) stem cells are predisposed to turn into bone cells (osteophytes), cartilage cells (chondrocytes) and muscle cells (myocytes).
Stem cells are smart cells – they know where to go! Stem cells are attracted to the inflammatory signals your body is exerting. When injected, the stem cells will seek out the source of the inflammatory signal and adhere to the site. For this reason, you will be asked to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, etc) for one week prior to your injection and to avoid taking these medications for 2-3 weeks after your injection. We don’t want to quiet down the signal the cells are looking for! Acetaminophen based medications like Tylenol or Hydrocodone are fine to take.
Umbilical stem cells replicate every 28 hours. They will do this for up to 8 weeks. While the stem cells are replicating they are recruiting your own body’s stem cells to regenerate and heal as well.
It is not uncommon for patients to see noticeable improvement at their first follow up, 4-6 weeks after the injection. However, the entire regeneration process can take up to 6-8 months. It is at this point that patients are able to fully appreciate their improvement.
The large majority of cases who are good candidates for stem cell therapy, only need one (1) injection for their condition. Only a small minority of patients need a 2nd injection 6-8 months later. Each patient’s condition is unique, and you will discuss any future possible injections with your provider at your follow up appointments.
To learn more about Regenerative Medicine in Kansas City, and other services offered by Rejuvenate in Lee’s Summit, MO (such as chiropractic care, psychotherapy, weight loss, or speech therapy) contact us today!